June 2, 2010

Navy Yard Bike Tours: Rentals Now Available

(see new information regarding bike rentals below)

Brooklyn Navy Yard on a Bicycle: Getting a Handle on Sustainability

Pedal along with us on this bicycle tour as we explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s transition from being one of the nation’s foremost naval shipbuilding facilities to becoming a national leader for sustainable urban industrial parks. Learn about the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s sustainable development efforts including the nation’s first multi-story “green” industrial building, first solar and wind-powered street lamps, NYC’s first building-mounted wind turbines, adaptively reused historic structures, and new green buildings certified by the US Green Buildings Council. Length of Tour: 2 hours

Requirements: Each participant must supply his/her own bicycle & bring and wear a safety helmet at all times while on the Brooklyn Navy Yard tour.

Need to rent a bicycle? Our bike rental partner at Recycle a Bicycle is a community-based bike shop and non-profit organization that provides educational/job training programs and encourages environmental stewardship and everyday bicycle use. RAB offers bike rentals to Urban Oyster’s tour goers for a discounted rate of $25 and proceeds go to support their youth programs. RAB’s shop is located in DUMBO, just a short ride away from the start of the tour. You must reserve your rental in advance. Click here for more info about bike rentals or call 718-858-2972 to reach RAB’s DUMBO office. If RAB is out of rental bikes you can also check Ride Brooklyn Bike Shop.

Admission: $24 per person/ $20 for Brooklyn Greenway Initiative members, Brooklyn Historical Society members & Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation tenants and employees. Advance ticket purchase required. Click here to check availability and purchase tickets.